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See videos of civic and government leaders sharing the local history of protecting farms, forests and shorelines over the last 50 years.

Jim Ellis

Voters approve Forward Thrust Bonds

Civic leader Jim Ellis advocates for and voters approve Forward Thrust Bonds, the nation's largest parks, open space and recreation infrastructure bond measure.

Dan Evans

Legislature passes Conservation Futures Tax

The Washington State Legislature declares it is citizens' 'fundamental and inalienable right' to a healthy environment and creates the Department of Ecology in a special session called by Governor Dan Evans. The Conservation Futures Tax, a resource lands funding source for counties, was among numerous environmental laws approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Evans.

John Spellman

Voters approve Farmland Preservation Levy

County Executive John Spellman advocates and voters approve $50 million Farmland Preservation bond measure.

Randy Revelle

Conservation Futures used for first time

County Executive Randy Revelle names Farmland Preservation Task Force; King County becomes the first county to use CFT.

Lee Springgate

Bellevue shifts to connecting green spaces

Bellevue Parks Director Lee Springgate leads new vision to connect green space rather than build individual stand alone parks.

Gerry Johnson

Voters approve Open Space Bonds

Civic Leader Gerry Johnson Chairs Citizens Oversight Committee for voter approved $117.6 million King County Open Space Bonds Levy.

Greg Nickels

Citizens given a strong voice

CFT Citizens Committee is established by ordinance approved by King County Council.

Gene Duvernoy

Public and nonprofit partnerships increase

Conservation Futures becomes important funding source for matching grants with cities and nonprofit organizations.

Terry Lavender

Bear Creek protected

Rural resident Terry Lavender joins neighbors to protect and restore Bear Creek.

Louise Miller

Regional trails connected

A public/private partnership worked to provide a park in Woodinville with river access, open space and a playground. Conservation Futures helps to save land, connect and expand trails system, restore habitat, and protect rivers from flooding.

Carol James

Environmental systems become County focus

Civic leader Carol James chairs CFT Citizens Committee as county focuses on environmental systems.

Larry Phillips

Increased focus on salmon habitat

Chinook salmon listed as a threatened species by the EPA; King County Councilman Larry Philips is a leader in habitat preservation and restoration.

Ron Sims

Snoqualmie Forest protected

County Executive Ron Sims leads purchase of development rights to 90,000 acre Snoqualmie Forest.

Dow Constantine

Maury Island gravel mine purchased

County Executive Dow Constantine concludes a ten-year collaborative effort with the purchase of Maury Island gravel mine.